Described as “radiant” and “expressive” (The New York Times) and “nothing less than gorgeous” (Memphis Commercial Appeal), cellist Karen Ouzounian approaches music-making with a deeply communicative and passionate spirit. Winner of the S&R Foundation's 2016 Washington Award and at home in diverse musical settings, she has become increasingly drawn towards unusual collaborations and eclectic contemporary repertoire.
Karen is a founding member of the Aizuri Quartet, which was awarded First Prize at the 2017 Osaka International Chamber Music Competition in Japan and is the String Quartet-in-Residence at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for its 2017-18 season. The Quartet was a prizewinner in the 2015 Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition in London and has held residencies at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Curtis Institute of Music, and the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia. The Quartet has commissioned works by such composers as Caroline Shaw, Yevgeniy Sharlat, Paul Wiancko and Gabriella Smith, and will be featured in the 2017 premiere of the 65-minute chamber opera "Sophia's Forest" by composer Lembit Beecher, along with soprano Kiera Duffy and custom-built, electronically-controlled sound sculptures.
In addition to her work with the Aizuri Quartet, Karen's commitment to adventurous repertoire and the collaborative process has led to her membership in the Grammy-nominated, self-conducted chamber orchestra A Far Cry and the critically-acclaimed new music collective counter)induction, along with regular appearances with the Silk Road Ensemble and The Knights. Highlights of Karen’s recent and upcoming seasons include performances of the Elgar Concerto in Chile with the Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, a touring collaboration between the Silk Road Ensemble and the Mark Morris Dance Group, recitals at the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts with pianist Ieva Jokubaviciute, a tour of Japan with the Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, and tours with Musicians from Marlboro and Musicians from Ravinia’s Steans Music Institute. Additionally she has performed as guest principal of the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, IRIS Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia.
Born to Armenian parents in Toronto, Karen was a prizewinner at the 2012 Canada Council for the Arts Musical Instrument Bank Competition. She holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degrees from The Juilliard School, where she was a student of Timothy Eddy. She resides in New York City with her husband, composer Lembit Beecher.


2015 - 2016 SEASON

July 11, 2015, 8pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Grafton Music Festival, Grafton, VT

July 12, 2015, 7pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Music in the Meadow/Stowe Performing Arts, Stowe, VT

July 13, 2015, 8pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Newport Music Festival, Newport, RI

July 19, 2015, 7:30pm
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Haydn, Wagner, Beethoven
Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona State University, MN 

July 21, 2015, 7:30pm
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Haydn, Wagner, Beethoven
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York City 

August 8 and 9, 2015, 2pm
Olympic Music Festival
All-Beethoven: Variations for Piano Trio in E-flat major, Op. 44; Variations for Cello and Piano on Mozart's "Bei Männern" WoO 46; Piano Trio in D Major, Op. 70 No. 1 "Ghost" 
With Julio Elizalde, piano; Caroline Goulding, violin
 
Quilcene, WA

August 13, 2015, 7:30pm
Scrag Mountain Music
"Fratres": Works by Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Victoria Poleva, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the Weavers, and world premiere of Lembit Beecher's "Small Looking Up" for violin and cello  
With Emily Popham, violin; Mary Bonhag, soprano; Evan Premo, double bass; Lembit Beecher, harmonium

Unadilla Theater, Marshfield, VT

August 14, 2015, 7:30pm
Scrag Mountain Music
"Fratres": Works by Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Victoria Poleva, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the Weavers, and world premiere of Lembit Beecher's "Small Looking Up" for violin and cello  
With Emily Popham, violin; Mary Bonhag, soprano; Evan Premo, double bass; Lembit Beecher, harmonium

Green Mountain Girls Farm, Northfield, VT

August 15, 2015, 8pm
Scrag Mountain Music
"Fratres": Works by Arvo Pärt, Henry Purcell, Victoria Poleva, Jean-Baptiste Barrière, the Weavers, and world premiere of Lembit Beecher's "Small Looking Up" for violin and cello  
With Emily Popham, violin; Mary Bonhag, soprano; Evan Premo, double bass; Lembit Beecher, harmonium

Phantom Theater, Warren, VT

August 28, 2015, 7:30pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Blue Hill, ME 

August 30, 2015, 4pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Kneisel Hall Chamber Music Festival, Blue Hill, ME 

September 3-10, 2015
Aizuri Quartet 
Residency at Avaloch Farm Music Institute with composer Paul Wiancko
Boscawen, NH

September 12, 2015, 10:30am
Aizuri Quartet 
Kimmel Center Open House, Philadelphia, PA

September 20 and 21, 2015
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

September 25, 2015, 7:30pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Philips Academy, Andover, MA

September 26, 2015, 4pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
St. John's Church, Jamaica Plain, MA

September 27, 2015, 1:30pm
A Far Cry
"Transamericana"
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

October 4, 2015
Silk Road Ensemble
Fenway Park, Boston, MA
***Canceled due to weather***

October 18 and 19, 2015
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia, PA

October 23, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet
Sibelius: String Quartet in D Minor Op. 56, "Voces Intimae"
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

October 25, 2015, 2pm
Aizuri Quartet at Schneider Concerts
Mozart K. 575, Berg Op. 3, Beethoven Op. 59 No. 3
New School Auditorium, New York City

October 27, 2015, 7pm
Aizuri Quartet 
"A Tribute to Sibelius at 150"
Finnish Embassy, Washington DC (Private Event)

October 28, 2015, 6pm
Aizuri Quartet at Barnes Foundation
Commissioned works by composers Alyssa Weinberg, Gabriella Smith and Rene Orth (world premiere)
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA

October 30, 2015, 10am
Aizuri Quartet at Chamber Music Live
Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6, Berg Op. 3, Sibelius "Voces Intimae" 
LeFrak Concert Hall, Aaron Copland School of Music, Queens, NY

November 5, 2015, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet at Crescendo Club
Gabriella Smith's "Carrot Revolution"
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

November 9-18, 2015
Aizuri Quartet Residency at Caramoor 
2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY

November 15, 2015, 4pm
Aizuri Quartet Recital at Caramoor 
Mozart K. 575, Berg Op. 3, Sibelius "Voces Intimae"
Music Room, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY

November 21, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet with Rachel Sterrenberg, soprano
Berg Op. 3, Jennifer Higdon In the Shadow of Sirius, Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

December 5, 2015, 4pm
A Far Cry
"A Tale of Two Sixes"
St. John's Church, Jamaica Plain, MA

December 6, 2015, 1:30pm
A Far Cry
"A Tale of Two Sixes"
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

December 12, 2015, 8pm
counter)induction
"Remembering Lee": program celebrating composer Lee Hyla
National Sawdust, Brooklyn, NY

December 18, 2015, 8pm
A Far Cry
"Old Friend" with Gabriel Kahane
Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

January 20-24, 2016
Aizuri Quartet + IRIS Orchestra
Germantown, TN

January 29, 2016, 8pm
A Far Cry
"Devotion" with Blue Heron
Old South Church, Boston, MA

January 30, 2016, 7:30pm
A Far Cry
"Devotion" with Blue Heron
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

February 2, 2016, 8pm
counter)induction
"From Hungary"
Loreto Hall, The Sheen Center, New York City

February 6, 2016, 1pm
Aizuri Quartet at Philadelphia Museum of Art
"Music in the Galleries" featuring Gabriella Smith's "Carrot Revolution"
Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA

February 13, 2016, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet 
Honolulu Chamber Music Series
University of Hawaii-Manoa, Honolulu, HI

February 16, 2016
Silk Road Ensemble
TED Conference, Vancouver, Canada

February 21, 2016, 7pm
Aizuri Quartet
Evergreen Woods Chamber Music Series, North Branford, CT

March 3, 2016, 7pm
A Far Cry with Olga Bell
"Lady Russia"
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

March 9, 2016, 8pm
Curtis on Tour: Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Michael Rusinek
New String Quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat, Sibelius "Voces Intimae," Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

March 12, 2016, 6:30pm
Curtis on Tour: Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Michael Rusinek
New String Quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat, Sibelius "Voces Intimae," Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, CO

March 14, 2016, 7:30pm
Curtis on Tour: Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Michael Rusinek
New String Quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat, Sibelius "Voces Intimae," Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Wassermann Festival, Caine Performance Hall, Utah State University, Logan, UT

March 19, 2016, 7:30pm
Curtis on Tour: Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Michael Rusinek
New String Quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat, Sibelius "Voces Intimae," Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Music in the Vineyards in Napa Valley, Jamieson Ranch Vineyards, American Canyon, CA

March 21, 2016, 7:30pm
Curtis on Tour: Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Michael Rusinek
New String Quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat, Sibelius "Voces Intimae," Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Athenaeum Music and Arts Library, La Jolla, CA

March 26, 2016, 8pm
Curtis on Tour: Aizuri Quartet with clarinetist Michael Rusinek
New String Quartet by Yevgeniy Sharlat, Sibelius "Voces Intimae," Mozart Clarinet Quintet
Mondavi Center for Performing Arts, Vanderhoef Studio Theater, Davis, CA

March 28, 2016, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet + Amernet Quartet
Classic Chamber Concerts, Sugden Community Theater, Naples, FL

April 1 and 2, 2016
Elgar Cello Concerto 
Philharmonic Orchestra of Santiago, Maestro José Luis Dominguez
Teatro Municipal de Santiago, Chile

April 6, 2016, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet with Jonathan Biss, piano
Schumann String Quartet Op. 41 No. 3 in A Major, Dvorak Piano Quintet
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

April 8, 2016, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet at Wolf Trap
Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6, Caroline Shaw world premiere commissioned by Wolf Trap, Schumann String Quartet Op. 41 No. 3
Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, Vienna, VA

April 9-20, 2016
Aizuri Quartet Residency at Caramoor 
2015-2016 Ernst Stiefel String Quartet-in-Residence
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY

April 10, 2016, 4pm
Aizuri Quartet Recital
Caramoor @ Waveny Chamber Music
Carriage Barn at Waveny Park, New Canaan, CT

April 17, 2016, 4pm
Aizuri Quartet Recital at Caramoor
Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6, Caroline Shaw, Schumann String Quartet Op. 41 No. 3 in A Major
Music Room, Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY

April 23-May 3, 2016
Aizuri Quartet Residency at Chamber Music Abu Dhabi
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

May 11, 2016, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet 
Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6, Caroline Shaw, Beethoven Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Field Concert Hall, Curtis Institute of Music, Philadelphia, PA

May 18, 2016, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet at PCMS with Ignat Solzhenitsyn, piano
Haydn String Quartet Op. 33 No. 1, Drozdov Piano Quintet, Shostakovich Piano Quintet
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

May 20, 2016
Aizuri Quartet at Artosphere Festival
Walton Arts Center, Fayetteville, AR

June 3, 2016, 8pm
counter)induction
"Tethys/The Ocean"
Tenri Cultural Institute, New York City

June 7, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
All-Beethoven program
Kawasaki, Japan

June 8, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Nagano, Japan

June 9, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Aichi Arts Center Nagoya, Japan

June 10, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Acros Fukuoka Symphony Hall, Japan

June 12, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Sapporo Concert Hall KITARA, Japan

June 14, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Sendai, Japan

June 15 and 16, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Suntory Hall, Tokyo, Japan

June 18 and 19, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Osaka Symphony Hall, Japan

June 23, 2016, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet at Princeton University Summer Chamber Music Concerts
Beethoven Op. 18 No. 6, Caroline Shaw, Beethoven Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Richardson Auditorium, Princeton, NJ

June 25, 2016, 7:30pm
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Minnesota Beethoven Festival, Winona State University, MN

June 28, 2016
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
Naumburg Bandshell, Central Park, New York City

July 8, 2016
Aizuri Quartet at Caramoor
Paul Wiancko world premiere commissioned by Caramoor, Beethoven Op. 130 with Grosse Fuge, Op. 133
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY

 

 

2014 - 2015 SEASON

Sept 2, 2014, 10am
Aizuri Quartet with cellist Peter Wiley
Schubert Cello Quintet at Curtis Institute of Music Convocation
Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia

Sept 13, 2014, 11am
Aizuri Quartet at Curtis Institute of Music Fellowship Luncheon
Webern Langsamer Satz, Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 Nr 3 in B-flat Major 
Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia

Sept 14 and 15, 2014
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
Acting Principal, 2014-2015 Season
Works by Verdi, Mendelssohn, Brossé, Beethoven

Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Oct 1, 2014, 11am
Caramoor Recital with Ieva Jokubaviciute
Beethoven Cello Sonatas
Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts, Katonah, NY

Oct 11, 2014, 7:30pm
Musicians from Marlboro  
Tour with Kim Kashkashian, Marina Piccinini, Sivan Magen, David McCarroll, Nikki Chooi, and Wenting Kang
György Kurtág Officium Breve in Memoriam Andreae Szervánszky for String Quartet, Beethoven String Quintet in C Major, Op. 29
Oneonta Concert Association
First United Methodist Church, Oneonta, NY

Oct 12, 2014, 4pm
Musicians from Marlboro
Cole Concert Series
Greenwich Library, Greenwich, CT

Oct 13, 2014, 8pm
Musicians from Marlboro
Philadelphia Chamber Music Society
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Oct 14, 2014, 8pm
Musicians from Marlboro
Carnegie Hall, Weill Recital Hall, New York City

Oct 16, 2014, 7:30pm
Musicians from Marlboro
Freer Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.

Oct 18, 2014, 8pm
Musicians from Marlboro
Peoples’ Symphony Concerts
Washington Irving High School, New York City

Oct 19, 2014, 1:30pm
Musicians from Marlboro
Gardner Museum Concerts
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

Nov 5, 2014, 6pm
Aizuri Quartet at Barnes Foundation
Barber Adagio and Debussy String Quartet
William Glackens exhibition, private debut
Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Nov 6, 2014, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet presented by Live Connections
Debussy String Quartet, Lembit Beecher’s String Quartet These Memories May Be True, Andrew Lipke’s My Love (world premiere), and Anniversary (words by poet Denice Frohman and music by Andrew Lipke)
World Café Live, Philadelphia

Nov 9, 10 and 11, 2014
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
“Spotlight on Kozasa”
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Nov 12-14, 2014
Aizuri Quartet residency for ArtsNaples World Festival
Naples, FL

Nov 16, 2014, 7pm
Aizuri Quartet at Evergreen Woods Series
Mozart K. 575, Debussy String Quartet, Beethoven Op. 59 Nr 3
North Branford, CT

Nov 21, 2014, 10am
Aizuri Quartet at Chamber Music Live
Mozart K. 575, Debussy String Quartet, Beethoven Op. 59 Nr 3
Lefrak Concert Hall, Queens College, NY

Nov 22, 2014, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet Curtis Residency Recital
Mozart K. 575, Debussy String Quartet, Beethoven Op. 59 Nr 3
Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia

Dec 3-6, 2014
IRIS Orchestra
Performances with IRIS Orchestra and Aizuri Quartet
Beethoven Grosse Fuge, Vivaldi and Piazzolla Four Seasons

Germantown Performing Arts Center, Germantown, TN

Dec 7, 2014, 4pm
Aizuri Quartet, private performance for Ravinia Festival Board of Trustees
Ravinia Festival, Highland Park, IL

Dec 8, 2014, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet and Aeolus Quartet at Music Mondays
Lembit Beecher’s String Quartet These Memories May Be True
Dan Welcher’s Museon Polemos and Mendelssohn’s Octet with Aeolus Quartet

Advent Lutheran Church, New York City

Dec 11, 2014, 6pm and 9pm
Aizuri Quartet with members of eighth blackbird and Curtis 20/21 Ensemble
Terry Riley’s In C
SEI Innovation Studio, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Dec 13, 2014, 8pm
Mechatronic Orpheus
music by Lembit Beecher in collaboration with University of Pennsylvania architecture and engineering students
Slought Foundation, Philadelphia

Dec 19, 2014, 7pm
Aizuri Quartet Benefit Concert for Curiosity Concerts
Mozart K. 575, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Debussy String Quartet
Greenwich, CT

Dec 20, 2014, 11am
Aizuri Quartet interactive recital at Curiosity Concerts
Mozart K. 575, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Debussy String Quartet
Byram Shubert Library, Greenwich, CT

Dec 21, 2014, 4pm
Aizuri Quartet at Performers of Westchester
Debussy String Quartet
Dobbs Ferry Women’s Club, Dobbs Ferry, NY

January 9, 2015, 8pm
A Far Cry
“Improvisation”: Geminiani Concerto Grosso in E Minor Op 3 Nr 3, Lev “Ljova” Zhurbin Throw the Book (world premiere), Rzewski Les Moutons de Panurge, Mozart Piano Concerto K. 449 with pianist Robert Levin, Turceasca by Taraf de Haidouks, arr. Ljova
Jordan Hall, Boston, MA

Jan 18, 2015, 3pm
Dilijan Chamber Music Series
Artur Avanesov Duo for Violin and Cello (2010, U.S. Premiere), Mendelssohn String Quintet in B-flat Major
With Movses Pogossian, Varty Manouelian, Kim Kashkashian and Juan Miguel Hernandez

Zipper Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Jan 21, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet with Peter Wiley
Curtis on Tour Preview Recital
Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 Nr 3, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Schubert Cello Quintet 
Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia

Jan 24, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet with Peter Wiley
Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 Nr 3, Debussy String Quartet, Schubert Cello Quintet  
Candlelight Concert Society, Columbia, MD

Jan 25 and 26, 2015
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia 
"Mozart with Miho"
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Jan 30, 2015, 12 pm
Aizuri and Aeolus Quartets
Tri-I Noon Recitals at Rockefeller University, Caspary Auditorium
Mendelssohn String Quartet in E Minor Op. 44 Nr 2, Mendelssohn Octet

New York, NY

Feb 1, 2015, 4pm
Aizuri Quartet at Barnes Foundation
Alyssa Weinberg Parallels (2014), Debussy String Quartet
Comcast Auditorium, Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia

Feb 7, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet
Hochschule für Musik Carl Maria von Weber
Mozart K. 575, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Beethoven Op. 59 Nr 3 
Dresden, Germany

Feb 11, 2015, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet presented by The Arts Arena
Mozart K. 575, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Beethoven Op. 59 Nr 3 
Hôtel de Talleyrand, Paris, France

Feb 21, 2015, 1pm
Aizuri Quartet at Music in the Galleries
Beethoven Op. 131, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata 
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia

Feb 22 and 23, 2015
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia 
"Mahler's 4th"
Perelman Theater, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

Feb 28, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet at Curtis Institute of Music
Mark-Anthony Turnage Contusion (2014) 
Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia

March 13, 2015
Aizuri Quartet 
Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 Nr 3, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Mendelssohn String Quartet in E Minor, Op. 44 Nr 2
Highfield Hall, Falmouth, MA

March 15, 2015, 1:30pm
Aizuri Quartet and Peter Wiley 
Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 Nr 3, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Schubert Cello Quintet
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

March 17, 2015, 7:30pm
Aizuri Quartet and Peter Wiley 
Haydn String Quartet Op. 64 Nr 3, Janáček Kreutzer Sonata, Schubert Cello Quintet 
Morgan Library and Museum, New York City

March 24-29, 2015
Wigmore Hall International String Quartet Competition
London, UK

April 4, 2015, 4pm
counter)induction
George Crumb 85th Birthday Celebration
Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia

April 11, 2015, 8pm
counter)induction
George Crumb 85th Birthday Celebration
SubCulture, New York City

April 17, 2015, 8pm
A Far Cry
“Tongue in Cheek”: Hindemith Suite from Minimax, Farina Capriccio Stravagante, Boccherini Fandango, Elkies Fugue Allegro Troppo, Mozart Ein Musikalischer Spaß, K. 522
The Village Church, Nahant, MA

April 18, 2015, 4pm
A Far Cry
"Tongue in Cheek"
St John’s Church, Jamaica Plain, MA

April 19, 2015, 1:30pm
A Far Cry
"Tongue in Cheek"
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, MA

April 23, 24 and 25, 2015
St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, Guest Principal
Fred Lerdahl (new work), Beethoven Piano Concerto Nr 3 with pianist Lise de la Salle, and Mozart Symphony Nr 38, Prague
Ordway Concert Hall, St. Paul, MN

May 8, 2015, 8pm
Aizuri Quartet Curtis Residency Recital
With pianist Jonathan Biss and soprano Rachel Sterrenberg
Works include Jennifer Higdon's In the Shadow of Sirious and Brahms Piano Quintet in F Minor
Field Concert Hall, Philadelphia

May 10, 2015, 2:30pm
The Chamber Orchestra of Philadelphia
“50th Anniversary Celebration Concert”
Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center, Philadelphia

May 16, 2015, 7:30pm
counter)induction
“Epitaphs: Music in Memoriam”
Crypt of the Church of the Intercession, New York City

May 25, 2015
The Knights
Philharmonie Merck, Darmstadtium
Darmstadt, Germany

May 26, 2015
The Knights
Festspielhaus Baden-Baden
Baden-Baden, Germany

May 27, 28, and 29, 2015
The Knights with Dawn Upshaw, soprano 
Salzburger Kulturvereinigung
Salzburg, Austria

May 30, 2015
The Knights with Dawn Upshaw, soprano 
Vienna Musikverein
Vienna, Austria

June 5-27, 2015
Aizuri Quartet and violist Roberto Díaz 
Curtis on Tour performances in Mexico City and Morelia, Mexico; San Jose, Costa Rica; Santiago and Frutillar, Chile; Bremen, Germany; Salzburg, Austria

 


"...the radiant cellist..." – Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (The New York Times)

"...nothing less than gorgeous..." – Jon W. Sparks (Memphis Commercial Appeal)

"Mr. Chooi and Ms. Kashkashian were joined by the expressive cellist Karen Ouzounian and the sweet-toned violinist David McCarroll in Gyorgy Kurtag’s haunting “Officium Breve in Memoriam Endre Szervanszky."

 The work is a moving tribute to the older Hungarian composer as well as to the influence Webern had on Szervanszky and Mr. Kurtag. In the 15 miniature movements of around 30 seconds each, the musicians vividly conjured up grief, anger, serenity and discord. The luscious final "Arioso Interrotto" offers a brief quotation from Szervanszky’s Serenade for String Orchestra that ends, cruelly, in midsentence.

But that fragment was sufficient to draw an arc — however tentative — to Beethoven’s String Quintet in C (Op. 29) with its exquisite Adagio. Here, Ms. Kang took over the first viola part with Ms. Kashkashian beside her. The music making was exuberant and charismatic, driven by an appetite for dynamic extremes and harmonic quirks: elements Beethoven willingly yields."

– Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (The New York Times) - October 16, 2014

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"György Kurtág is one of the most gifted composers of this or any other era, and his string quartet Op. 28 from 1989 - the "Officium Breve in Memoriam Andreae Szervánszky" - is among his most deeply moving works. Spare, suggestive and aphoristic, the work’s 15 brief movements form a profound meditation on death and loss, closing with a hymn-like movement that ends — almost heartbreakingly — in mid-phrase. Kashkashian and Chooi were joined by David McCarroll on violin and cellist Karen Ouzounian for an exceptionally thoughtful reading of this searing and flawless work."
– Stephen Brookes (The Washington Post) - October 17, 2014

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“The opening harmonics [of György Kurtág’s Officium breve], courtesy of cellist Karen Ouzounian, established a haunting undercurrent that would flow throughout.”
– Tiran Grillo (Sequenza 21) - November 4, 2014

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"It’s worth noting the remarkable performance of cellist Karen Ouzounian, who was not one of the featured soloists but had many solo passages throughout and whose tone and precision were nothing less than gorgeous. Stern rightly brought her out to share bows with the violinists."
– Jon W. Sparks (Memphis Commercial Appeal) - December 7, 2014

"The beautiful solo cello work of Karen Ouzounian was a highlight."
– Charles Noble (Oregon Arts Watch) - January 22, 2014

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"Greed, envy and avarice are the character traits explored in Mr. Gander’s work, vividly rendered by the pianist Ning Yu, the cellist Karen Ouzounian and the violinist Miranda Cuckson in the program "Correspondent" at the Tenri Cultural Institute on Sunday evening. [...] Ms. Ouzounian demonstrated a rich tone in Suzanne Sorkin’s "Swept" [...] Eric Moe’s intense “And Life Like Froth Doth Throb” takes its title from a satirical poem by the violist Cynthia Fogg, for whom he wrote the work. Here, the violist Jessica Meyer was the able soloist in the energetic work, her brisk figurations intertwining with the cello, deftly played by Ms. Ouzounian."
– Vivien Schweitzer (The New York Times) - November 13, 2013

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"The sterling lineup of performers included the core ensemble members Miranda Cuckson on violin and viola, the violist Jessica Meyer and the clarinetist Benjamin Fingland, as well as the radiant cellist Karen Ouzounian and the pianist Ning Yu, who played with great clarity and balance. [...] Rapidly shifting weather fronts seemed to move through Douglas Boyce’s "Bird- like Things in Things Like Trees," as Mr. Fingland, Ms. Ouzounian and Ms. Yu created an alluring array of sounds that evoked the movement of birds, and the branches they sit on, more than their actual song and call."
– Corinna da Fonseca-Wollheim (The New York Times) - June 2, 2013

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